A self-described hip-hop/goth/pop and funk musician whose stage name is Black Madam was being held on $10-million bond and could face murder charges in the case of a London dancer who died last year after receiving an illegal buttocks-enhancing injection.
Padge Victoria Windslowe was in court in Philadelphia on Thursday, a day after she was arrested while preparing to host what police described as a "pumping party" at which she planned to deliver more injections to customers. Police said that when officers arrested Windslowe, they also seized heavy-duty glue, needles, gloves and bottles -- items officials said were to be used for procedures for which people paid Windslowe as much as $1,800.
Windslowe, 42, faces charges that include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, theft by deception, deceptive business practices, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person in connection with a procedure that left a 23-year-old woman critically ill. Lt. John Walker of the Philadelphia police told Philly.com that she also is a "person of interest" in the death of Claudia Aderotimi of London, who died last year after Windslowe reportedly injected her in a hotel room near the Philadelphia airport. Aderotimi had apparently made the trip in hopes of getting some cosmetic surgery on the cheap.
Walker said Windlslowe had performed more than a dozen such injections, in hotel rooms and private homes around Philadelphia, in the last year.
Police still are awaiting test results to tell them what killed Aderotimi, who was 20. The Philadelphia Daily News quoted a friend of Aderotimi, Tee Ali, as saying that Aderotimi was a dancer who wanted to break into music videos.
Walker said police had been on Windslowe's trail for more than a year and obtained an arrest warrant last month after the 23-year-old woman fell ill following an injection at a pumping party hosted by Windslowe.
"It's similar to the Aderotimi case," Walker told Philly.com, describing how both women collapsed after complaining of breathing problems and chest pains. "What allegedly happened is Padge Victoria injected her, hit a blood vessel; the substance entered her bloodstream, goes through, lands in her lungs."
Local media reports said that Windslowe did not comment during her court appearance Thursday and that she was next due in court on March 13. According to her Facebook page and her website, Windslowe is a "unique artist blending Hip Hop, Goth, Pop and Funk, with a Rock Star flare and major sex appeal." She lists Michael Jackson, Prince, Grace Jones and Madonna as among her major influences.
The popularity of buttocks lifts from silicone injections has led to a rise in illegal cosmetic surgery outlets, sometimes with fatal results. In 2010, a 23-year-old Pacoima woman died after receiving injections at an illegal business run by two Sylmar sisters.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun